Synopsis: I'm not sure its even worth bothering with a synopsis for this one, its freaking Harry Potter after all, but here goes anyway. A young boy who lives with his atrocious Aunt and Uncle and their hambeast troll child, is invited to attend a mysterious school for wizards he never even knew existed.
Review: Its been years since I've read this and I'm really looking forward to getting up to where I left off reading it (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; I just never got around to it), I can honestly say I loved this book. Its got the great feel of a mystery that you don't even realize is unfolding, highschool heroics, villians of a variety, and enough fun stuff crammed into every page to make reading it an absolute joy. I loved reading about Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Quidditch, the sorting hat and everything else.
While we're at it Rowling has an amazing knack for foreshadowing with her writing. She knows exactly how to drop little details that will be important not just in the book your reading, but 2, 3, however many books ahead. Its refreshing to read an author who has a clear idea where her story is going and how its going to get there.
I can't 5 star this enough.
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This is a gorgeous book!
I am always hesitant about buying Harry Potter books outside of the ones J.K.Rowling actually wrote. When I was a kid, I collected everything HP, but as an adult, I've become more picky (probably because I have to spend my own money now). There are just too many Harry Potter-related books to possibly have all of them.
I saw this at my local library and was interested. After reading three pages, I immediately ordered my own copy.
It is a beautiful book. The book shows various items featured in the British Library exhibition, "Harry Potter: A History of Magic". While I wish I could visit the actual exhibition, this is the next best thing.
The book includes artwork from the new illustrated editions of the first three books by Jim Kay, various historical items related to witchcraft on display, original drafts of part of the HP books handwritten or typed by J.K.Rowling, and much much more.
This is a great edition to any HP fans library.
While there are tons of amazing pictures in this book, I wouldn't recommend it for kids because it is so long and text-heavy. I think it is more appropriate for pre-teens and beyond. There are a few fun experiments and activities included, which may appeal to children, but I think it is a bit lengthy for them to enjoy as a whole.
Amazing book. It is so fascinating and beautiful and splendid. Truly spell-binding. I loved it.
Entertaining fantasy adventure read, but WAY too many spiders for me, lol. The initial jolt of awe for the world building from the first book has worn off a bit, but it's enjoyable and seamless to settle back into. I recommended Akata Witch as a potential MG crossover, but the characters and their relationships have aged up in this sequel, so parental guidance is recommended. Nothing too explicit or anything, it's just that the discussion of adult relationships might not appeal to younger kids. Excited for book three!
Shocking as it may seem to most people, I haven't read more than the first book in the series, but I thought this Harry Potter-rellated themed meme was good and I thought I'd do it. If I've made any mistakes, since I don't know the fandom too well, I hope you'll let me know so I can correct them.
Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body.
I have lots of scars, mainly from beloved cats, but I also have a scar from a vaccination that didn't go quite as it should have. The spot where they injected me, swelled up, or rather my whole back, and I can still remember how much it hurt and how much I cried and how as I grew it moved across my body. I also have a barely visible scar from the C-section.
Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?
Please, Hermione, you of all people should know that it's impossible to pick just one book. But I do have several that I have read and re-read over the years, among them LOTR.
Ron Weasley: Something you’re afraid of?
Many things, but mostly the situation in the world today.
Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.
If I knew that maybe more people would like me.
Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can’t do any, what’s the best one you’ve seen?
Unfortunately, I haven't seen any good magic tricks that I can remember.
George Weasley: What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?
I once tricked a not very nice temp that I disliked into letting me go get Camilla's (my name) French books in her locker. He said I could go but when I returned a friend of mine had told him what I'd really told him. It was really my sister's books I was going to get.
Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.
I'm not sure I want to do that. Embarrassing is embarrassing and it's not something I'd like to share with anyone. I just want to forget.
Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?
Yes. I'm closest to my sister and my daughter.
Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?
I don't even know what that is, but I know I should.
Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?
Yes, all the time.
Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?
Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)
What? I can take only one? Cats and dogs would be my answer, and if I could maybe some rabbits, guinea pigs, cockatiels and maybe bantams as well.
Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?
To be loved.
Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?
Unicorn, I think.
Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.
If I could make rules for the rest of the world, I'd make sure we were all safe.
Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?
It's hard to pick just one, but I do love my boots a lot. Yes, boots, but I do love my books as well and my old toys.
Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?
When I had my children.
Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?
Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do?
Argus Filch: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
In the kitchen of a mental hospital.
Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?
Five - ten books.
Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?
Neither. I walk by myself. LOL.
Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?
Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?
Being able to have children despite many difficulties and setbacks.
Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?
A protective spell (if I had one).
Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?
Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?
A dragon, maybe.
Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?
Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?
I'm not sure I know any really brave people.
Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best “muggle” invention?
Self-driving cars, maybe. 3D printers are pretty cool too and so are androids and robots.
Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?
Something to do with history.
Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?
I'd be a lot thinner.
Moaning Myrtle: What is something that always makes you cry?
Lots of things make me cry.
James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?
Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?
Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?
Yes, weirdly enough.
Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?
I'm not sure. Not brown anyway.
Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?
No. I only text my family as a rule, but I have texted a few guys. Not really ones I've had a crush on, sadly enough.
Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?
I hate sports.
Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?
Either forgetmenots, geraniums or apple blossoms (if those count).